When I last wrote about Stanley Wrice, he was hoping to walk his daughter Gail down the aisle. Hope does not come easily to a man serving a 100-year sentence for a gang rape back in 1982, but Wrice had seized the momentum in his fight for exoneration.
Today lawyers filed a ground breaking class action petition seeking new evidentiary hearings for a group of Illinois prisoners who allege that they were tortured by notorious Police Commander Jon Burge and his cabal of Chicago Police officers.
These are the disturbing "highlights" of Richard M. Daley's 30 years of involvement in the police torture scandal. At every turn, he refused to use his unparalleled power to stop the torture, end the cover-up, and bring the torturers to justice.
While yesterday's settlements are a step in the right direction, Chicago and its mayor must deal with outstanding issues before it can truthfully say that it no longer is on the wrong side of the Chicago police torture scandal.
Chicago's political establishment must shudder each time Jon Burge garners another headline. This past week was a bad one for politicians who would like to forget that Burge ever commanded an elite unit of police detectives.